Air India Launches Mobile Check-In For Flights

Air India has announced the launch of a WAP portal which will let all the domestic passengers traveling by Air India flights to check into the aircrafts and select a seat of their choice right from their mobile phones. The mobile check-in facility has been launched currently for the airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru and will be extended to other stations and international flights in a phased manner.

Using this facility, all Air-India passengers just need to visit FlyAI.mobi on their web-enabled mobile handsets by logging in to and following sequence-wise instructions as provided. Users have to enter their Flight booking ID and their last name in order to get access to the Checkin portal. Mobile check-in will reduce waiting time and is yet another add-on facility for passengers along the lines of tele check-in, web check-in and self check-in kiosks.

Telecom Licenses Update: 4 Categories Proposed; Renewal Every 10 Years

The Department Of Telecom (DoT) has come up with some groundbreaking changes to the current licensing scheme for telecom operators in India which might lead to a better service for consumers. The DoT has proposed a new licensing scheme, under which four types of licences would be issued instead of the Unified Access Service License which is provided as of now:

  • Unified Licence: To be issued to service providers. Currently service providers are bound by the Unified Access Service Licence.
  • Class Licence: To be issued to VSAT service providers.

 

  • License through Authorisation

 

 

  • Broadcasting licence

 

In addition to this new licensing scheme, telecom operators would be required to renew their licenses every 10 years as the new proposal suggests that telecom licences will be given for a period of 10 years only.

According to the current licensing, operators are allowed to hold on to their licenses for a 20-year period. However, with the new licensing scheme, old operators like Bharti Airtel will have to apply for renewal as soon as their current licensing period gets over.

Tata DoCoMo Launches New “Roam-Free” Offer For Postpaid Customers

Tata DoCoMo is known to bring several firsts in the Indian telecom and mobile industry. Well, the company has now launched yet another amazing scheme for it’s Post-paid customers. Users will now be able to receive calls for free while roaming in any state of India.

PostPaid customers will not be required to pay any incoming roaming charges, while the charges for outgoing calls while roaming would be one paisa per second. Currently, this offer is available via three plans of different value – roam free 299, roam free 499 and roam free 799.

According to Mr. Pankaj Sethi, President and Head of Tata Teleservices customers can now roam the country anywhere on our network, free of the stress of picking up an incoming call as incoming roaming is absolutely free on these plans. In addition, they can continue to make outgoing calls on per second billing.

via Hindu

Guruji.com Launches AdiQuity – Mobile Ad Platform

Last time we talked about Guruji.com was when it’s top executives were arrested on charges of Music copyright violation and piracy on one of their products – the Music Search which was eventually shut down. Now, the Bangalore-based company has come up with a mobile advertising platform called AdIQuity that lets mobile publishers monetise their mobile content and applications.

Here are some points about this ad network from Guruji:

  • A real time optimization is applied on the global ad inventory accessible through several ad network partners from across the world after which the most relevant ad is served to the publisher’s mobile content.
  • AdIQuity registers more than 1.5 billion impressions per month across hundreds of publisher partners
  • Users on these platforms hail from around 200 countries across APAC, US, Europe and Africa.

According to the CEO of Guruji.com, Mr. Anurag Dod:

The last few months have seen hundreds of publishers signing up with AdIQuity and realising increased monetary gains through the platform. The publisher base has shown phenomenal growth both in terms of volumes and diversity of mobile users. Our high performance mobile platform can scale up to 10x of the current volume with the existing infrastructure.

Car Service Portal MeriCar.com Raises Seed Funding

MeriCar.com is a unique car portal that helps car owners to search for car service centers and car spare sellers in their neighbourhood. All in all, MeriCar.com can be termed as an online car repair shop. The portal lists car service centers for various brands and helps users connect to the right car workshop, thereby saving on car servicing bill.

MeriCar.com has raised it’s seed funding from debutant Seed fund firm – MyFirstCheque. Although there has been no official word on the amount of investment yet but MyFirstCheque typically invests amount withing Rs 20 lakh in startups and takes an equity stake between 15 to 25 per cent.

Rakesh K Sidana, the CEO of MeriCAR.com said that My First Cheque recognised the potential of his idea and has made the much required investment with which, the company looks forward to strengthening the core team and expanding the MeriCar.com network further across the country and servicing a larger base of car users.

AOL To Cut 70% Workforce In India

Even though the Global economy is recovering from recession and major industries are getting back to gear, AOL seems to play it in a different way. Recently AOL acquired the news opinion website Huffingtonpost.com and it is after this development that the company plans to lay off around 70 per cent of AOL India’s total employee strength which currently stands at about 1000 employees.

The remaining employees would be the ones from the Technology team of AOL in India and they will be merged with a service provider like Infosys, MindTree, TCS or ITC Infotech and from that point they will work with AOL on a contract-outsourced model.   Tim Armstrong, the CEO of AOL has said that these layoffs would be done in a proper manner as he knew how does it feel to be laid off because his father had once been laid off.

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Indian IT Firms To Hire Non-Engineering Grads To Cut Cost

It’s definitely good news for the Non-Engineering graduates but the Engineering graduates may face a job crisis given the current measures taken by IT companies in India to hire professionals. It is being speculated that, Indian IT firms will be interested in hiring more and more Non-Engineering graduates such as ¬†science (BSc), computer science (BCA) graduates and even diploma holders for profiles such as testing and support services at lower wages.

A hiring firm opines that student from science and commerce backgrounds have a high aptitude level and thus the IT companies feel that this aptitude can be converted to technical talent with some basic training. Companies like Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, ITC Infotech and KPIT Cummins among others are hiring more of science and computer science graduates already.

Here are some facts:

  • Professionals from non-engineering backgrounds form about 5% of the total engineering workforce of Infosys. The company has hired close to 14,000 engineers and about 700 BSc graduates in 2010 – 2011.
  • Wipro Technologies hires non-engineering graduates (science & commerce) from colleges as part of it’s Wipro Academy of Software Excellence.
  • ITC Infotech plans to hire 20 per cent of its freshers from non-engineering backgrounds for testing and managed service profiles.
  • TCS is hiring commerce graduates for software development and has reconstructed coding such that some work can also be done without much engineering knowledge.

via Business Standard

Airtel Reports 5 Lakh 3G Subscribers Within One Month

Airtel recently joined the ranks of the 3G service providers in India after it started rolling out it’s 3G services across seven cities in India which include Chennai and Bangalore and very recently, Airtel launched it’s 3G services in Delhi too! All work done, the good news has already started pouring in for Airtel. Within just one month of it’s launch Airtel has more than 5 lakh registered ¬†3G subscribers!

By the end of March, Airtel will launch it’s 3G services in 13 circles. Currently Airtel is in talks with other operators for a roaming arrangement for the 3G spectrum for areas in which it has not been able to launch 3G yet. Airtel has a wide range of 3G tariffs starting with Rs 11 a day (10 MB download) to a 2GB plan at Rs 750 a month.

Airtel has set up 4,500 sites across the seven cities and 1,800 sites in Delhi to provide a good 3G experience to it’s consumers. According to Mr Atul Bindal of Bharti Airtel, the service provider (Airtel) is driving a mobile data revolution in India and Airtel would soon bring this 3G experience to pan-India level very soon.

via Hindu Business Line, Image Courtesy

Infibeam Launches Pi2 With Wi-Fi And Touchscreen

Almost a year back Infibeam had made the headlines after it unveiled India’s first desi e-book reader. Infibeam Pi was totally manufactured in India and was posed to be a competitor for Amazon’s Kindle in India. Well, Infibeam has now launched the next version of Pi. Titled Pi2, this new device looks amazing as it now sports a touch screen and also has a built-in wi-fi for internet connectivity.

Here are a few salient features of the new Infibeam Pi2:

  • Screen 6″ E Ink Vizplex with Resistive Touch & Epson Display controller screen
  • Weighs 235 grams and is just 1cm thick
  • Has a Built-in Wi-Fi
  • e-book formats supported include PDF, EPUB, HTML, TXT, MOBI, DOC
  • Has 2GB Internal Memory which expandable up to 32GB.

The Pi2 retails for Rs. 15000. However, you can buy the Infibeam Pi2 for Rs. 12000 directly from the website.

Budget ’11: Mobile Phones To Cost More

The Union Budget which was presented yesterday by the Finance Minister of India received mixed responses from everyone. The budget had it’s impact stated on the telecom sector too. According to the Indian Cellular Association, from now on all the Mobile Phone handsets that are directly imported into India will be expensive by about 5 per cent of their existing market prices.

Also, the mobile phone handsets which are manufactured in India will have their retail price tags raised by about one per cent. However there won’t be any change in the pricing of basic mobile phone accessories due to the Budget. According to Mr Pankaj Mohindroo, President, Indian Cellular Association – the increase in the price of Mobile handsets would pose a further concern for the mobile industry which is already facing a challenge from the unbranded and sub-standard Chinese mobile phones.

Mr Arshit Pathak, Managing Director of Kingtech Electronics which owns the G’Five brand phones has said that this increase in the mobile phone prices won’t affect the customer end price of their handsets and the company would absorb the price increase to benefit their customers.

via Hindu Business Line